Dianthus is a member of the pink (Caryophyllaceae) family, and consists of around 300 species of tufting or spreading perennials that are mainly found in Eurasia. With rather grassy grayish to blue-green foliage and attractive flowers with a signature clove-like fragrance, these plants are popular with gardeners and have been grown for centuries. Numerous cultivars have been raised, and these are separated into two groups: annual bedding dianthus and perennial dianthus, the latter group being further divided into border carnations, perpetual-flowering carnations, and pinks. They are commonly known as pinks, which rather than alluding to the predominant flower color, refers to their zigzag-edged petals, which appear to have been trimmed with pinking shears.
This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.